The lines between music, film and TV have never felt more blurred, thanks to the rise of digital production and the freedom it gives artists. We’ve seen plenty of crossover between the creative industry and digital space in recent years, with innovative software and advanced recording techniques replacing traditional means. The rise of social media and the need to stand out online – with a filmic presence that combines music and visual art – has also led artists from both spheres to become more versatile. Having specialist skills in several mediums can really set you apart. If you know how to shoot a video for a song you’ve written, you’ll naturally be at a huge advantage, and vice versa.
Likewise, there are now many routes into the increasingly competitive creative industry. As a result, schools and institutions everywhere are adapting to reflect this fluidity. This includes BIMM Brighton, which has just partnered with the nearby Brighton Film School to provide a unique set of learning opportunities for students.
This symbiotic partnership comes after months of discussions. Now, we’re finally pleased to share the news that we’ll be working closer together, along with the Brighton Institute of Contemporary Theatre Training performing arts college (BRICTT), whose students will also benefit, as part of the Brighton creative education community.
Reflecting on the partnership, BIMM Business Development & Creative Careers Director, Vaseema Hamilton, said: “We know that music, film, TV and digital technologies are inextricably linked and will provide students collaborative opportunities in this exciting £4BN global sector. Brighton is an ideal location to start this given its diverse creative community and digital infrastructure that can inspire students to become the next generation of creative digital professionals.”
Gary Barber Brighton Film School Creative Director adds: “For the past five years, BFS has collaborated with BIMM to work closely with their bands and solo artists to produce music promos. This current year we have eight promos in production which have proven to be a great experience for both groups of students. Brighton Film School has grown in both reputation and quality of films produced, and we now have a wide range of films selected for international festivals. Our graduates work in a range of roles from directors, writers, producers, camera department, gaffers, production co-ordinators and editors. We look forward to the exciting new partnership with BIMM and to producing many more award-winning films.”
Those who already study at BIMM will know we always encourage our students to work with Brighton Film School to develop their learning. Many have done so, including Professional Musicianship Vocal graduate Caitlin Moss, who worked with BFS undergraduates to create a music video. She told BIMM: “I really enjoyed collaborating with the Brighton Film School. It was lovely to work with students my age who were excited about my music and the video.”
With the partnership, we can strengthen these bonds and formalise our syllabus, with the option of rolling this out across all eight of our colleges. Working with Brighton Film School also means we’ll be able to share resources and state-of-the-art facilities to enhance the BIMM learning experience for all current and future students.
So, whether you have a passion for music, film or both, you’ll be well catered for at BIMM Brighton, alongside tomorrow’s generation of creative visionaries.
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